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Getting the Microdiscectomy done tomorow!!!

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tommorow is the big day. i am excited, nervous and a lil scared right now. this will be my first surgery other than when they cut my wisdom teeth out. im excited to get this procedure done so i can hopefully get on with a good quality of life. im nervous and scared for the possibilities of paralysis and even death. although it sounds like any complications are very rare, it still lingers in the back of mine. i am staying positive that the surgery will go good and the aftermath will leave me painfree or close too. what are some of everybodys thoughts and stories about this procedure? preferably good stories, but mostly want to know what its going to be like the first couple of days after the surgery. i am planning on going back to work next wed. (7 days after) as it sounds like im not supposed to be laying in bed and be up walking up to 3 miles a day. unless im in pain, i dont see what staying home is going to do. its hard to pay the bills when you have no income. anyways, hope to here some good advice. here is a link to my other thread describing pain and symptoms. https://www.spine-health.com/forum/sciatica-leg-pain-radiculopathy/lower-back-pain-radiates-down-leg-and-foot


  • I have had 2 mico d's and the procedure was not bad recovery is not too bad the first week is the worse .I don't know what you do for a living but you have to take it very easy for a while because a chance of reherniation is high for the first couple weeks. After my first surgery I went back to work after 2 months and reherniated after a couple months of work ,after my second I reherniated 2 weeks later putting on my underwear believe it or not so just be very careful and don't over do it and listen to your doctor as far as restrictions go.Good luck
  • Thanks DG. I just sit at an office computer for now. ive got an adjustable table so i can stand or kneel if i need to. Im not going to reherniate it because of lifting or anything, but i see getting out of bed or putting socks or small bending like that to be a problem. i havent read anything on sleeping after this procedure. is there a specific way to lay and sleep? I am mostly a side sleeper and sleep with a pillow between my legs. when i sleep on my back, i put the pillow under my knees. I toss over about 4 or 5 times per night and can foresee that being a problem as well. i wish there was a way to patch the hole where the disk leaked as it seems like it will take a long time for it to re-seal itself.
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  • the pain in my right leg was so bad i couldn't walk, sit or stand. i had to lay on my right side. took two days before i was able to see my dr (did have an mri on one of those days). had the surgery the afternoon of oct 30. woke up to no pain in my leg. was walking 7 hours after surgery. the first two days i had trouble getting up from a laying position and it was uncomfortable to lay on my back. nov 4th i drove myself to vote. i went back to work nov 6th (desk job) for 1/2 a day, full time on the 10th. take it easy and get up to walk around/stretch every 30-45 minutes.

    i believe putting on the underwear did you in. after the esi's and pt, i reinjured myself vacuuming.
  • thanks Mark, thats what i was kinda thinking/hoping. i will make sure to vacuum tonight.
  • I just had procedure done yesterday, and i litteraly walked around Walmart immediatley after leaving the hospital for about 30 minutes while i was waiting for my prescriptions. I wasnt breaking any speed records, but i was just tickled to walk standing straight up and with no leg or butt pain. I feel great and actually havent felt this great for a long time. The pain in the right leg and buttocks is gone. There is kinda a dullache but maybe a 1 if that on the scale. Other than that i do still have the numbing and tingling in the outter foot and the weakness in the calf muscle, but the doc said it would be for up to a few months until the nerve re-grows. I took the Oxycodine they prescribed me last night, and will probably take it before i goto bed, but other than that, im going to try to lay off of that if i can. The only pain i really have is some minor discomfort at the incision (maybe a 2 or 3 pain level). The hardest thing for me is going to be to convince myself that although i feel that i could go do a triathalon right now, i cant. Im laying here feeling like goin to work, but knowing i need to rest. I know that i dont want what i have gone through the last few months to happen again, so i will take measures so that it doesnt happen. I am going to start going to the gym this evening so i can walk on the treadmill. kinda have to since its like 10 degrees out. All in all i am happy i went through with this (at this point anyways). I will keep everyone updated as my recovery progresses
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  • black95gt, I have been watching to see if you would post how you did with your surgery. I am so happy to hear that you feel better. Please don't over do it as you will read from others experiences post op. After the steroids from the surgery wear off you may start to feel the pain again. please keep us updated on your progress. I am 11 days post op from microdiscectomy L5-S1 with same symptoms you had.
  • good to hear you're doing well. sounds like i felt after the surgery. i skipped the pain meds, as they never did anything for me (unless i took a stronger dosage than prescribed). i still get some numbness in my foot, but nothing i can't live with and it can be expected for several months after the surgery as you heal. dr said by may (six months post op) i should be able to do anything i want.
  • im on the second day post op and doing about the same. I have been taking the codine just to block the pain at the incision location. I went to the gym last night and walked 1.5 miles and felt good. The calf was tired but not painfull. im gonna go walk a few blocks here and take the dog for a walk. But basically just laying down taking it easy and getting up to go to the bathroom, get drink or whatever. The only issues im having is its sore getting up off the couch or bed and to roll over. other than that, so far, so good
  • i had that the first few days, by the third day it was much easier.
  • im on the 3rd day post op and doing great so far. Getting in and out of bed and up and down on the couch is getting easier and less painfull. Last night i went out to dinner and was fine. I sat through dinner, but excused myself to go stand in the longe area to releive the pressure off my lower back. It wasnt hurting, but more as a precautionary measure. This morning i went to my g/f's daughters bball game and sat in the bleachers through the game for 45 minutes. No problems. I removed the bandage this morning and finished the anti-biotics and the incision shows no signs of infection. Im definitly going to continue taking it easy and slow until the doc gives me more clearence. But im going to be going back to work this week. Probably on Tuesday. I might try a 1/2 day if needed, but we'll see
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